Guide To Preparing Your Loved Ones For The Winter Weather
It’s no doubt that there’s nothing but colder days ahead of us. While we have yet to officially enter the Winter season, it’s evident that the cooler Winter weather has already begun affecting many households.
For many, this time of the year brings along the spirits and joys of the holiday season. That being said, it’s easy to forget about just how dangerous the cooler temperatures can be for the elderly. While frosty mornings and falling snow may not be the most impactful for younger and more active individuals, it is important to take preventative measures now to keep your loved ones safe and healthy this upcoming winter!
With that in mind, we’ve thrown together a senior care guide for the cold weather to ensure that your loved ones are able to enjoy a festive and healthy Winter season!
Elderly Immune Systems Are Not What They Once Were!
Increased Risk For Hypothermia
While this doesn’t mean your loved ones won’t be able to still play around in the snow with the grandkids, it’s important to merely be aware of the increased potential health risks that the elderly face. One of the most serious temperature-related risks that seniors face is hypothermia. Hypothermia is a severe drop in one’s body temperature, caused by exposure to drastically cold temperature.
Typically, the elderly may be more susceptible to illnesses due to changes in the heart and blood vessels that naturally occur with age. Because of their older age, their hearts simply may not be able to pump blood throughout their body as well as a younger heart would.
Protecting The Elderly From The Winter Weather
Now that you’re aware of some of the increased health risks that your loved ones face, it’s easy to take precautions and prepare for the cooler temperatures ahead. In particular, we’ve found these cold weather tricks and tips to be the most helpful!
It’s surprising how something so obvious is often forgotten! Frostbite can strike at any moment, so it’s important to cover up all skin when outside! As we often mention, layering is your friend during cool seasons! Recreational Equipment, Inc (REI) recommends a base layer, followed by a middle and outer layer.
Avoid Unnecessary Interaction With The Cold!
You can’t get cold if you never touch the cold! A great rule of thumb is to avoid going outside when it’s unnecessary. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a refreshing outdoor stroll, but unneeded exposure to freezing temperatures in excess will only increase the chances of falling ill.
For instance, if possible, avoid shoveling snow off the driveway, when and if it falls! A great alternative would be to pay for a service or to have the grandkids pick up the shovels!
Home Assistance And Precautions!
Be sure that your households are equipped with working monoxide detectors! With typical increases in heating to fight off the cold, households are more susceptible to heaters leaking carbon monoxide. If you already have a properly placed carbon monoxide detector installed, just be sure to give it a check to make sure that everything is working properly! Staying healthy and safe during the colder months is a fairly simple thing to do when you’ve got a plan in place! For more tips and advice on how to make the most of the upcoming holiday season with your loved ones, be sure to check out our other articles!